F-Zero fans have been waiting a long, long time for a new game in the series, and at this point, many have lost all hope that Nintendo will ever revive the franchise. However, it wasn’t that long ago that Nintendo had plans for the racer. Nintendo Life has learned that, back in 2011, Nintendo of Europe asked Criterion Games (Burnout, Need for Speed) to develop a new F-Zero.
Criterion was interested in the project, but they had to turn the offer down due to time constraints. The studio was hard at work on
Need for Speed: Most Wanted at the time, and Nintendo wanted them to have a demo ready to show off in time for E3 2011. With just a few months to put a demo together and less than two years to have the game ready to launch alongside Wii U, Criterion had to turn it down.
Criterion founder Alex Ward has confirmed that this offer was extended to the studio and that timing was the reason that the deal didn’t come to fruition. The good news for
F-Zero fans is that, even though Nintendo doesn’t know what to do with the series, they’re apparently still interested in seeing it revived.
Source: Nintendo Life